Category Archives: Life in Italy

Italian Father’s Day: March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day)

Rather than move around the calendar to a convenient June Sunday, Italian Father’s Day is always celebrated on March 19th. This is because Father’s Day in Italy coincides with the Festa di San Giuseppe – or the Catholic feast day in honor of St. Joseph. That would be Joseph, as in Mary and Joseph – […]

Festa della Donna: Italy’s March 8th Holiday for International Women’s Day

I was honestly not aware that there was such a thing as International Women’s Day until I moved to Rome. In Italy, March 8th is a holiday celebrated as festa della donna. While it is not a holiday that shuts down businesses or schools, it is pretty impossible to miss festa della donna. On March […]

Italy’s January 6 Holiday: The Epiphany and La Befana

The Christmas season doesn’t really end until Italy’s January 6 holiday – L’epifania, or the Epiphany. But more colloquially, Italy’s January 6 holiday is known as La Befana. The Epiphany is a religious holiday which has become a national holiday in Italy. That means that businesses, schools and governments offices will all close to observe […]